Mother’s Day Craft: Silhouette Paintings
These silhouette paintings are a beautiful project for moms and kids to make together.
When it comes to Mother’s Day, my needs are pretty simple. Sure, I love brunch, flowers and a mani-pedi just as much as the next woman, but to be honest, what I look forward to the most is hanging out with my family. It’s weird, I know – after all, spending time with them is kind of a big part of this whole mom thing – but it’s true.
So this year I’m asking for quality time spent creating something together. This idea for silhouette artwork, which simply involves cutting out shapes, attaching them to a canvas and having the kids paint over them, is so much fun. I plan on hanging these up in my own home, but you could also give them to the other awesome women in your life – grandma, aunts, friends, whoever!
Here’s how you and your family can make your own custom artwork.
Acrylic paint and paintbrushes
Palette (or paper plate)
Shapes printed or drawn on paper*
Double-sided tape or glue adhesives
Paper towels or newspaper
*We made free printable templates for you to use. You could also help your kids draw their own shapes to cut out, like the initials of their names.
- Line your work area with newspaper or paper towels
- Cover the back of the shape with double-sided tape or glue adhesives, paying extra close attention to the thinnest areas (like the flower petals, for example). Adhere to the canvas
- Add your paint colors to a palette or paper plate. It helps to choose colors that go well together, like orange, yellow and green, or blue and purple
- Paint over the shape outline, starting brushstrokes on top of the shape and drawing them outward
- While waiting for the paint to dry, clean the brushes and palette with some soapy water
- Once the paint has dried, carefully peel off the shape. Voilà!